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Dining at the Savoy Grill in Malmö with Martin Beck

The Savoy Grill at breakfast time showing laid tables

Found in the Savoy Hotel in Malmo, Sweden, the restaurant is well known. In the 1960s it was internationally famous for the quality of the food. It’s still going today and is popular with guests and locals alike.

Famous visitors to the Savoy

The Savoy Hotel has seen many well known people pass through its doors. The roll of honour in the lobby lists visitors from Lenin to Bridget Bardot. Plus lots of visits by the Swedish royal family of course.

The roll of honour at the Savoy

Literature at the Savoy

When I read the Martin Beck series of novels I enjoyed one featuring the Savoy Grill. The murder of the title occurs in the restaurant but don’t let that put you off visiting! There’s a wall panel commemorating the novel in the restaurant.

The Martin Beck panel with me sat beside it
Sat by the Martin Beck panel at breakfast in 2016

Food at the Savoy

But is the food good now? Yes it is I’m pleased to say and if I’m visiting Malmö I try to stay at the Savoy because the breakfast is very impressive. The rooms are nice and large too.

More of Malmö

A visit to Malmö at any time of year is recommended. It’s a vibrant modern city with historic roots and has lots to offer visitors.

Malmö landmark – The Turning Torso
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The Cafe at Denmark’s National Gallery

Not just cake in Copenhagen

We did visit the National Gallery for the art and not just the cafe, honest! Actually now I think of it there’s rather a good shop too…

The building itself is splendid although being January the fountain was switched off. The original building is a classic temple to culture and an easy walk from the nearest station. There are plenty of other cultural sights to tempt you nearby and we enjoyed popping in to the Film Museum on the way back to Sweden.

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A panoramic view of SMK – with dry fountain!

Finding the cafe

The cafe is in the modern extension of the museum and looks out onto the gardens. So you can have a good view with your refreshments but get there early if you want a window seat as it gets busy! The ceiling is worth a look wherever you sit as its an art work in itself. You’ll spot it as you pass it on your way to the cafe on the upper floor.

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Love that funky ceiling!

Not just tea and cake

The cafe has a full menu including a buffet and is licenced. We just wanted some tea and cake and to thaw out a bit too! I had coffee in a very stylish mug along with the Danish version of a scone. My friend had tea and cake with a magnificent teapot.

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Cappuccino by candlelight

The teapot was cast iron and the server struggled with it a bit. When we tried lifting it we found it was heavy enough to almost have its own gravity field. It did a fine job of keeping the tea warm as well as being good looking.

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A very fine, robust teapot

And the gallery itself?

Full of treats is my immediate thought. Galleries are themed by place and period so there’s a clear theme to follow. Our highlights were the surrealists, not least because their work was placed in the social and political context of their time, and Danish contemporary art simply because not much makes it to England.

I also liked the placing of large sculptures in the galleries. Perhaps my favourite being a life size Victorian lady who appears to be looking at a painting of a lifeboat launch.

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What are those men up to?

An unexpected piece of puppet theatre

On the way to the cafe we spotted an intriguing shed like structure. This turned out to be a reproduction of a puppet theatre. It has a performance area on one side and workshop on the other. The gallery now uses it for learning activities. Worth a look if you go there!

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The puppet theatre from the audience side

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The puppet theatre from the workshop end

Finding fika in Sweden

Fika what?

Anyone planning a trip to Sweden will read about fika. It’s simply the Swedish version of tea and cake – or is it?

Well, traditionally it’s coffee and a cinnamon bun but we managed to vary it without being arrested by the culture police. Fika is perhaps best described as a coffee break and apparently some employers allow time for it in the working day. A fine idea I think!

 

fika in   Caroli shopping centre, Malmo

fika in Caroli shopping centre, Malmo

 
In winter you’ll find candles on tables. This was the case from small cafes to a cafe in a very modern shopping centre. This really brightens up a winter day. 

Coffee is taken seriously in Sweden and well made, good quality filter coffee is widely available. it is strong but not to the point of making your eyes cross. Several places I visited free filter top ups were available, even if you actually got an espresso in the first place.

Talking of espresso everywhere we went in and around Malmo from patisserie to station coffee bar provided well made coffee of excellent to good quality.

Some favourite coffee shops

In Malmo the Hollandia is a splendid traditional Konditori – patisserie and coffee house. The cardamom buns were excellent as was the coffee. Friendly service and a very impressive chaise lounge to perch on. Nice and central too with just being up from the main square.

  

Fika at Hollandia

Fika at Hollandia

 
Lund is a university town and did not disappoint on the fika front. We found a small friendly roastery and coffee shop called Love Coffee. Really good coffee that was a treat in a cup. It seemed a gathering place for local dads out with their toddlers which added to the friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Fika in Lund

We also visited lots of small places and the Espresso House chain. Not a duff cup consumed!

 

 

Museum cafe round up

A fine selection of museum cafes courtesy of the Art Fund. I may be biased as my workplace’s cafe at RAMM, Exeter is included!

Have a read of the article on the Art Fund website.  

 

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